Memorial Day Weekend Means Baseball Legends, Summer Hours are Coming to the Hall of Fame

Museum Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, then 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

May 21, 2013

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – The coming of summer means a weekend of baseball in Cooperstown – and even more time to enjoy it at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The fifth annual Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company, ushers in Memorial Day Weekend on May 25 with a day full of family-friendly events at the home of the National Pastime.

The Classic, slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday at Doubleday Field, will feature Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Rickey Henderson and Phil Niekro along with legendary managers Bobby Cox and Cito Gaston and more than two dozen former big leaguers in a legends game.

The Museum’s expanded summer hours begin on Sunday when the Cooperstown shrine will maintain daily hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. through Sunday before Labor Day.

On Saturday, May 25, the Museum will maintain special hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the Museum’s exclusive A Night at the Museum event – an experience that provides fans an unforgettable evening with Hall of Famers and other big league stars from 7-9 p.m. Fans can take pictures with their heroes while sharing a meet-and-greet throughout the Museum. A Night at the Museum experience is a no autograph event.

The Cooperstown Trolley will run throughout Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, May 24-26, from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, then resume June 1 through Sept. 1 on the same schedule. Cooperstown visitors can park in one of three Trolley lots: Blue Lot on Route 28 just south of Cooperstown; Red Lot off Route 28 north (Glen Avenue) at Maple Street; Yellow Lot on Route 80 at upper parking lot of Fenimore Art Museum. An all-day Trolley pass costs $2, with children 5-and-under free. 

For tickets to the Hall of Fame Classic or A Night at the Museum, please visit www.baseballhall.org. 

Hall of Fame Classic Weekend will feature a Salute to the Military with performances by the 10th Mountain Division Band and Color Guard from Fort Drum, N.Y. The weekend also offers the return of several family favorites as well as new programs sure to thrill baseball fans of all ages, including: a Hall of Fame golf tournament fundraiser for the Museum; a member photo opportunity with Hall of Fame members; curator-led talks on the history of Doubleday Field; a family photo opportunity at Doubleday Field; the popular Family Catch at Doubleday Field; and other unique programs throughout the Museum.

As part of the celebration of our military heroes, the Hall of Fame and the Village of Cooperstown will host The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the original Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The exhibit, which travels across America, will make its Central New York debut with the visit to Cooperstown, May 24-27, made possible by the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Wall That Heals will be on display Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, open 24 hours a day and free of charge in the Doubleday Field parking lot. The Wall’s visit coincides with Saturday’s Hall of Fame Classic and Monday’s observance of Memorial Day. 

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day Weekend through the day before Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger.  For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.